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A View from the Altar / Boys will be boys.
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Boys will be boys.

American Thinker has thoughtlessly published this piece of crud from contributor Lauri Regan, a lawyer who says she was sexually harassed by a law professor who was subsequently nominated for the federal bench.  She draws the comparison to Herman Cain’s ongoing troubles with harassment allegations.

The gist of Regan’s article is that men simply do this sort of thing.  Because they’re male, no one should expect any better of them. All the viable candidates are men, so electing a lecher is inevitable.  Thus, it doesn’t matter if Cain harassed anyone.  Vote for the least-worst technical manager and file the bimbo eruptions under “irrelevant.”

I’ve got three objections to Ms. Regan’s aricle.  First, her premise about men is false.  Honorable men exist who have never harassed anyone.  We should find one of those who has leadership ability, who is a competent technical manager, and we should elect that guy.

Second, there’s a bigger principle at work here in which one side of our political process is trying to win through slander.  If Ms. Regan’s shoddy principle is accepted and voters just ignore claims of harassment, the slanderers will just take their game up to the next level.  If people are already lying to knock down Cain (and at this point it looks like they are), then it’s easy to just make up a bigger lie next time.  They can certainly find a lie which at some point will gain traction with the voters.

Finally, the notion that an evil man can be an acceptable ruler provided he promotes our side’s interests is a core principle of the Party of Evil.  Only the Party of Stupid could think it’d be cool to ape that.

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